A Little About Me.
Photographer and citizen of the world.
Why did I choose to make this my full time work?
There are many reasons:
I’ve always been a photographer even when I was chasing a corporate career I used photography to help me in my work.
As a child our family holidays always included me coming back with a hand full of rolls of film then having to do extra jobs to make the money to get them developed.
In my personal life, I’ve always documented every occasion with my pictures.
In 2009 all the pieces fell into place and I was able to leave behind my old career and commit to making photography my full-time job. It was one of those moments where people might say the stars aligned and the universe provided me with the path.
Why wedding photography?
Why not? The opportunity to share one of the happiest days in a couples life. That’s enough reason but also, wedding photographers need to be able to perform in just about every photography style.
This is obviously a wedding is an event. I need to create photographs that capture the spirit of the event, the people attending, the venue and the activities. My images need to tell the story of the day.
Throughout the day I am creating completely portraits of the couples and their guests, most of the time without the luxury of being able to pose them or move them into flattering light. I’m not there to take over the wedding day so I need to create my portraits without upsetting the flow of the day.
There are few clothes as glamorous as a wedding dress. It is my job to photograph the bride making her look and feel like the images she saw in the wedding magazines.
There are many items that are important in a wedding that need to be photographed, from the traditional ring shots to personal details used to decorate the wedding venue to priceless family heirlooms worn but the couple.
I’ve only lumped these together because they say you should never work with children or animals. It’s true both can be very unpredictable but that’s also the appeal of both and this is always true at weddings but that often makes them some of my favourite images.
Couples can debate for months over their choice of wedding venue so when we are there I need to make sure my pictures show the beautiful wedding venue they chose to spend this special day at.
Either as a bespoke photoshoot before the wedding day or maybe just elements during bridal preparation. This is down to the bride’s preference.
And all of this in one day, most of the time without the cooperation of your subjects. In a way that causes the minimum impact on the day and if you miss something there’s no chance of setting up a reshoot.
Love it and it’s made so much better because I am sharing a day when everybody is on a high and out to enjoy the day.
Me away from photographing weddings.
I love to travel, see new places and meet new people. Even before 2009 my old career track gave me that and had me travelling around the UK and Europe.
Now I am self-employed I have much more flexibility to travel and to travel at a slower pace, this has allowed me to spend more time in places and gain a better feeling of these places.
Weddings are very focused in the summer and this has allowed me to take extended trips over the winter some times as long as 4 months at a time.
Some of the highlights over the last few years include.
New Year’s Eve on Copacabana beach.
Coast to Coast America.
In 2017 I was able to take a train ‘road trip” around America. I took the Amtrak from San Diego to LA. from there the adventure started. I travelled through California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississipi, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. If I’ve missed any states I apologise but it’s a big country.
I was on the Amtrak with 2/3 day stops in various US towns along the way including New Orleans during Mardi Gras.
Road Trip Europe.
4 months travelling around Europe in a camper van, visiting France, Spain, Portugal, Gibraltar, Italy, Austria, Germany, Luxembourg and Brussels.
Mexico Baja 250.
Mexico to watch the Baja 250. Standing only feet away from the competitors as they raced by. I drove with my son from California down to San Felipe, an adventure on its own. A good friend has property down there so we spent a week just chilling out on the edge of the Sea of Cortez. I developed an appreciation for fishing down there. The sea was so calm and tranquil. I could stand knee-deep in the water and cast out. What better way to just relax.
2 months on a mountain in Ecuador governed by a committee, local elders. I regularly took the local bus ride to Quito. I danced on the equator and visited the edge of the Amazon rain forest.
Rio de Janeiro during the Olympics.
I was given an amazing opportunity to travel to Rio during the Olympics. Even my journey there was an adventure. As you can imagine flights into Rio de Janeiro were a little hard to come by so I travelled via San Paulo and was able to see a little of the city there too.
I’ve travelled the UK from John o groats to lands end and much between the two.
I’ve been able to spend 2/3 months at a time in California with my son and my two grandsons.
But whatever I am up to there has always been and will always be a camera nearby.
I will add albums from each of these trips and add links also.